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MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology is designed for students who are looking for a program that applies psychological principles to the criminal justice field. Find out more about this online master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students considering the MS in Psychology program with a concentration in Forensic Psychology can benefit by having some psychology knowledge or undergraduate education and should be interested in a scientific career in the criminal justice field. All applicants to Purdue University Global's graduate programs should already have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Purdue Global's Master of Science in Psychology program with a concentration in Forensic Psychology was designed to provide students with a foundation of basic psychology principles and theories as well as introduce them to the practices and methods used in forensic psychology. Courses are designed to let students explore emotional, personality, psychotic, and development disorders; psychology's role with the civil courts and criminal justice system; the theories and models of criminal behavior; and the responsibilities of forensic psychology professionals. MS in Psychology students can choose between completing a thesis or comprehensive exam for their culminating experience.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

60-65 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology:

The MS in Psychology program with a concentration in Forensic Psychology has two different track options. Student who choose the thesis track will complete 65 credits, which includes 40 credits of core courses and 25 credits of electives. The comprehensive exam track requires 60 credits, which are made up of 35 core credits and 25 elective credits. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (40-45 credits)

  • Foundations of Professional Psychology
  • Applied Statistics for Psychology
  • Ethics and Standards of Professional Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Testing, Measurement, and Assessment
  • Life Span Development
  • Thesis track students take the following two courses:
    • Master's Research and Thesis I
    • Master's Research and Thesis II
  • Comprehensive Exam students take the following course:
    • Comprehensive Exam

Forensic Psychology Concentration Courses (25 credits)

  • Foundations of Psychopathology
  • Principles of Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology and the Law
  • Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • Advanced Principles of Forensic Psychology

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of this master's degree program who wish to become a licensed clinical or counseling psychologist will need to earn a doctorate. This advanced degree program could also help students gain advanced knowledge of psychological theories as well as gain counseling skills and prepare them for state licensure. Some of the doctoral degree programs that students could consider include:

  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology

Career Paths:

After successfully completing Purdue University Global's forensic psychology master's degree program, graduates could be prepared for careers where they apply psychological theories to the criminal justice field. They may also be able to seek positions in a variety of forensic environments within the criminal and civil legal systems where they provide counsel related to crimes or support crime victims and their families. Some of the jobs they could consider include:

  • Correctional counselor
  • Victim advocate
  • Jury consultant
  • Case manager

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